IVF Continued & Halloween Happenings

Well, as expected our first fresh IVF cycle did not result in a successful pregnancy.  It did however yield us 8 high quality embryos, which I already adore beyond reason.  The heart is an unusual thing, and attachments formed stronger then I could have ever imagined even though they are have never been inside my body.  It truly is miraculous and magnificent to feel that level of deep love.  Every women should experience this.

After our loss, we slowly and painfully picked up the pieces of our hearts and begin pushing forward towards our fist frozen embryo transfer.  Like most infertility journeys, even the best laid out plan always consists of snags.  Our RE was out of the country for the entire month of October, but luckily our clinic is comprised of a husband wife team, so who better then to transfer our little angel then our RE’s wife…I mean they might as well be family.  We scheduled for 10/28.  Unfortunately, my insurance delayed us by a week, then I needed to travel for work the following week.  We finally landed the date of 11/11 and low and behold I went in to have my endo lining check and now we are out another week with a scheduled transfer of 11/18.  I jokingly told my husband, if we get pushed back another week to Black Friday, I wonder if they will give us a sale price (winking smiley)!

So this Sunday we will confirm a date, and begin the dreaded PIO shots.  Those needles are longer then my fingers.  Holy shit, I’m super scared but I know it will be worth it!

On a lighter note, Halloween in our new hood was SO MUCH FUN!  We took Beefcake to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin,  you know where most people take their children. I carved that thing like a pro and it was HUGE.  Eric dressed up in a mask and scared children, while me and the dog had a blast passing out candy and dancing to Thriller!  We also got to decorate for the first time and I loved every single minute of it. Until next year cob webs…

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Fall-La-La

It is finally almost here and while it may not feel like fall tempatures outside, it is starting to feel like fall inside.  Right now, I am making simple fall, not Halloween, updates around the house.

I added some new fall pillow covers in the living room and some neutral pumpkins to the entry way.  I also picked up this tortoise vase from Pottery Barn in the clearance section last week for $28 during their take additional off clearance sale.  Score!!

imageimagePlaid Pillow , Pumpkins , Vase

In the kitchen, I simply picked up a copper basket to fill with mini pumpkins, and added my favorite Halloween snack ( candy corn & sealed peanuts). More to come for Halloween in October, but for now I’m welcoming Fall with open arms and many Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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Copper Basket old from Homegoods (similar here)

Fourth of July Weekend

There is nothing better then a long weekend to regroup and organize. We enjoyed a low key and lazy Saturday with napping and prepping for our lake trip next week, meaning shopping some of the holiday summer sales, including some new bedroom furniture ( minus the bed which will be coming later).  We scored a basic dresser and 2 nightstands. I am super excited about their modern shape and industrial finishes.

Magnolia Home Furniture

I plan to compliment it with a softer upholstered bed like this and industrial sconces like these . Things are finally starting to come together and I will share after in the near future!

Following, we grabbed Beefcake, loaded up the car, picked up burgers from the Twisted Root and caught Roanoke’s fireworks show.  It was GREAT and the dog was so good!!!  We will definitely be going back next year.

Monday we spent prepping for the week and cleaning the house, but also had time to reflect and remember that our freedom comes at a price, and we are so thankful for the families who sacrifice!

#homeofthefreebecauseofthebrave

3 Day Weekend

Our Memorial Day weekend was great and a much needed time to disconnect.  Friday evening I ran the errands which I typically reserve for Saturdays, while Eric had a “man night” with his friends.  Saturday, we spent time working on a few things around the house, including a bathroom update coming to you soon. Sunday was spent at my parents, eating and playing board games, followed by a Memorial Day brunch, neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ and some quality time with Eric prepping for our fertility planning.

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Glitter Sandals (currently 30% off on Cartwheel App)

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American Dreamer Tee

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Latte Bowl

Home of the FREE, because of the Brave!

Memorial Day Round Up

Memorial Day is yet another day I experience with a mix of emotion.  I am conflicted between balancing a heavy heart for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, but also enjoying the time with family and the American traditions.  We certainly have a full line up with lots of family and community happenings, calling for a casual yet festive outfit. I tend to lean towards neutrals, with pops of red versus stars and stripes and theme centered pieces.  I want more than 2 wears out of a purchase.  I have rounded up my favorites and all are under $100!!!

Glitter SandalsDenim DressRed Fringe SandalsWhite DressDenim RomperRed Tassel SandalsRed Earrings

Eric Turns OLD!

This weekend we celebrated Eric’s 34th birthday.  This is pretty much 35, which rounds up to 40, so basically Eric is 40! Just kidding, he hates getting older, even though he still looks 25! We kept everything simple and low key, but still manly.  Meaning: no glitter, no ruffles, no Taylor Swift, no invitations, no frilly cake, etc. but did include a pizza bar, simple cupcakes,  and a few neutrally wrapped presents and decorations.

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Metal Stand , Wood Trough , Wood Platter , Easel , Planter

Eric grilled the pizzas outside, and we used these fun paper plates for easy clean up!

For the decorations, I printed out pictures from the past year of Eric at different points and major events and hand made a garland and “34” above the the mantel, from my home computer on standard printing paper.  I also added this Happy Birthday banner .  I used butcher paper to wrap gifts and drew on them with a sharpie and added black ribbons.  Overall, I spent under $15 on decor and wrapping supplies.  Have to keep it simple, because not only are fertility treatments a bitch (sorry mom) , they are EXPENSIVE!!

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To another crazy and fun filled year ahead for my love!

Wedding Shower with a TWIST

My youngest sister will getting married in a few short months, and therefore I will be hosting her shower at my home.  I am beyond excited for her and her darling finance, but also to be able to host a shower that moves away from traditional pink and mimosas.  Instead, I plan to host an adults only, evening shower with a more elegant and earthy tone.  I often refer to my sister as  our “little hippie” and want to keep everything aligned to her taste.  Below are my inspiration photos for the feel I want.

Photos via Pintrest

My plan is to stay neutral, combining earthy touches with modern shapes including soft linens, geometric shapes, brass and copper accents and a ton of greenery, most likely succulents, mint and magnolia. Plus can you imagine the smell of our home? Be still my heart!!! For the menu, I am thinking organic cheeses, fruits, hummus, etc.  I want everything very simple and bite sized, arranged on platforms and trunks the spread throughout the house.  And of course wine; also, spritzers  and earth toned drinks like this crisp cocktail or this pretty gimlet .

Anyways, I have started collecting ideas and putting together a purchase list to keep things under control budget wise, so it does not hit all at once and Mr. Holt is not overwhelmed.  Here is what I have to date on the “to buy” list..

Brass & Glass Planters , Serving Platter , Copper Mug , Gold Planters

I also found these invitations which I asked to be recreated into a shower invitation, and the artist was more than helpful and willing.  I cannot wait for them to arrive.

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Any ideas out there?  I am always looking for fresh inspiration!